Guide to : Budget Gaming PC 16/10/14
Hitchhiker’s Guide to Budget PC!
Such unique originality in the title!
This PC is for :
– People on budget
– Starters, first time buyers
As I assume you are new to PC building, I selected the products that are available in Amazon, shipping globally and directly from Amazon. You don’t need to be a techie to have an Amazon account.
I will link each recommended product with an Amazon price and link. Prices fluctuate in the market therefore please check the price before purchasing any products – the states pricing in the post might be outdated.
Getting PC components in sites like NCIX or Newegg is recommended of they ship to your address.
Intel Pentium G3258 : $70 Amazon
This is God sent. Best budget CPU period. This chip overclocks out of this planet. This is a gift from Intel.
Note : Don’t get feared by the world ‘overclock’. Simple overclocking can be super simple these days and anyone can do it.
Gigabyte GA-B85M-D3H : $75 Amazon
100% Supports our CPU out of the box (BIOS F12).
Update to BIOS F13, supports OC.
Asus B85M-G : $80 Amazon
May require you to upgrade the BIOS to the latest version to use our CPU.
Truthfully, just get GA-B85M-D3H. Less trouble and with BIOS F13, this is the board to go.
All we need is 1600MHz RAMs for our selection of motherboard. 8GB is enough for our budget gaming.
Kingston HyperX FURY 4GB (1x4GB) : $43 Amazon
Where did 2x2gb days go?
Kingston HyperX FURY 8GB (2x4GB) : $77 Amazon
Possibly best bang for the bucks.
Graphics Card (GPU)
To be honest, this is where you would want to invest the most for a gaming PC. So, just buy the best one you can afford.
Here are some recommendations, pretty much in performance order.
EVGA GTX750Ti 2GB Superclock : $150 Amazon
MSI Radeon R9 270X Gaming 2GB : $196 Amazon
MSI GTX 970 GAMING 4G : $360 Amazon
Note : With any gpu above, you can EASILY outperform PS4/XBone.
Rough performance comparison chart by Nvida here.
About GPU memory, you would probably need 4GB ones if you plan to play games in HD texture mods.
Unless you require tremendous amounts of storage, or already have HDD, just get an SDD. Their prices are really down to planet Earth.
Even the slowest SSD will shoot you up to space compared to HDD.
Just buy whatever capacity you can afford. Samsung 840EVO is a solid choice with the latest firmware update, fixing performance downgrade issues.
Intel 530 Series 120/180/240GB : $86/$118/$144 Amazon
Kingston HyperX 120/240GB : $75/$120 Amazon
Samsung 840EVO 120/240GB : $90/$140 Amazon
Note : Intel 530 series is not the fastest, but the most consistent and reliable ssd other than 730.
Corsair CX600/750 : $60/$80 Amazon
Truthfully, 600W is enough for our system. Get 750W version for lols. (Hint : get 600W)
Why Corsair? We all love Corsair lol
For our system, just get any case that fits your motherboard and pleases your eyes. Our build is really simple and not really restricted by space anyway. Advanced features of computer cases are only required if you are doing some crazy build… Which is not ours :D
The recommended motherboard in this post is Micro-ATX board.
Here are some value cases:
Silverstone Tek Micro-ATX : $35 Amazon
Corsair Carbide Series 200R Windowed : $87 Amazon
Corsair Carbide SPEC-01 : $50 Amazon
Cooler Master N200/400 : $50/$70 Amazon
Here are some of my favourites. Personally, I feel fabulous case is important for you to grow love with your PC <3
BitFenix Phenom Micro-ATX : $99 Amazon
Corsair 350D : $99 Amazon
Fractal Design Arc Mini R2 : $99 Amazon
Not a must, but better with. Try to get one of these for your CPU. Helps A LOT.
Noctua NH-U12 : $64 Amazon
Cooler Master 212 Evo : $30 Amazon
LED case fan for extra swag :
Cooler Master LED fan : $8 Amazon
Putting it together
Seriously, building PC is like LEGO compared to back those days when cable management was hell.
There are PLENTY of guides on the internet and some famous ones are just too superior than what I can produce.
Get a friend to help you out or just follow a good build guide like this one :)
Don’t be afraid to get help from the forums like LinusTechTips.com
After you have successfully booted your PC with your choice of OS,
Don’t forget to overclock!!
Here is an awesome video by Linus how to overclock our CPU..:)